Seven billboards saying “Don’t believe in God? Join the club!” just went up all across South Dakota:
The billboards, which cost $11,148 and were funded by the United Coalition of Reason and an anonymous local donor, will be up through September 15. This is the 34th state (not including Washington, D.C.) to launch a United CoR billboard campaign.
“The point of our national awareness campaign is to reach out to the millions of humanists, atheists and agnostics living in the United States,” explained Fred Edwords, national director of UnitedCoR. “Non-theists sometimes don’t realize there’s a community for them because they’re inundated with religious messages at every turn. So we hope our effort will serve as a beacon and let them know they aren’t alone.”
Reaching out to the like-minded isn’t the only goal of the effort. “We want people to know that secular freethinkers like us are a regular part of communities all over the state,” added Eric Novotny, coordinator of South Dakota CoR. “South Dakota non-theists are your friends and neighbors, your coworkers and family members. And we should feel as free as anyone to express our views openly.”
If you’re in the area and you’d like to learn more about the local groups in the state, check out the South Dakota Coalition of Reason’s website!